Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Today's Links

1--The plan to use refugees as pretext for war: The refugee problem the US started has become the excuse for escalation of the war on Syria, NYT


(The rationale: )The Pentagon effort to salvage its flailing training program in Turkey and Jordan comes as the world is fixated on the plight of thousands of refugees seeking safety in Europe from strife in the Middle East, including many fleeing violence of the Syrian civil war and oppression in areas under the control of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Officials in Washington and European capitals acknowledge that halting this mass migration requires a comprehensive international effort to bring peace and stability to areas that those refugees are now fleeing.


(de facto no-fly zone: Force protection)  At least one part of the training program worked well: the ability to provide real-time air cover for the rebels once back inside Syria. Predator drones quickly rushed to help the Division 30 fighters once they came under attack from the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, killing dozens of the attackers, American officials said. Nonetheless, Pentagon planners are reviewing their support for rebels both before and after they are sent back to the battlefield, to see how it can be improved.


2--Exploiting refugee crisis, NY Times’ Kristof calls for escalation of war in Syria


Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times. Kristof is the Times’ propagandist in residence for “human rights” imperialism. He is a liberal whose humanitarian sensibilities always manage to coincide with the agenda of the Central Intelligence Agency.
An enthusiastic supporter of the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and Washington’s regime-change wars in Libya and Syria, he now comes forward to argue, in the name of the millions killed, maimed or made homeless by these war crimes, for an escalation of the US intervention against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad...


“Libya,” he wrote, “is a reminder that sometimes it is possible to use military tools to advance humanitarian causes.”
A lie that would make Goebbels proud! The “humanitarian cause” that motivated the war on Libya—just like the wars that preceded and followed—was the presence of massive energy reserves (Libya sits atop the largest petroleum reserves in Africa) and the drive of US imperialism for world domination.
Advocating all-out war against Assad is nothing new for Kristof. In September 2013 he complained bitterly about the decision of the Obama administration to pull back from an air assault on the country.
In his weekend column, Kristof moves seamlessly from his profession of empathy for the refugees to demand the creation of a “safe zone” policed by the US and Western military that would “at least allow Syrians to remain in the country.” Criticizing the Obama administration for “dropping the ball on Syria,” he urges it to do “something hard like using the threat of missiles to create a safe zone.”...


the Syrian refugees are fleeing the murderous actions of anti-Assad Islamist forces backed by the US and allies such as Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf sheikdoms.
Kristof’s “empathy” allows him to omit the fact that prior to the neo-colonial wars for oil and geo-strategic advantage that ravished much of Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, there was no such refugee crisis...


Kristof links his call for a “safe zone” to a paper published September 2 by the International Crisis Group entitled “New Approach in Southern Syria.” That report makes clear that what is being proposed in the name of a “safe zone” in southern Syria is the imposition of a “no-fly zone.”
The establishment of such a zone was the pretext used in Libya to carry out a bloody air war in coordination with ground attacks by Washington’s Al Qaeda-linked proxies, culminating in the overthrow and murder of Gaddafi. Behind the talk of a “political settlement” in Syria, the same fate is being prepared for Assad...


A glance at the firms that are represented on the President’s Council and International Advisory Council of the International Crisis Group indicates the real war aims in Syria. They include BP, Chevron and Shell Oil. Individuals listed as top officials or advisers include Bill Clinton’s national security adviser Samuel Berger, Republican neo-con and Iraq war-hawk Kenneth Adelman, former NATO commander Wesley Clark and billionaire speculator George Soros.
The timing of Kristof’s column makes clear that it is part of an effort by the New York Times, coordinated with the CIA and the Pentagon, to prepare public opinion for a US military escalation in Syria. The column appeared one day after a front-page article co-authored by the Times’ Pentagon mouthpiece, Michael R. Gordon, making vague and unsubstantiated allegations that Russia is preparing to step up its military support for Assad....


Kristof is one of a crew of Times writers who have functioned as transmission belts for CIA and Pentagon lies in the service of imperialist war. They include the notorious Judith Miller, who penned lurid reports of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the 2003 US invasion based entirely on information from Bush administration and intelligence officials.


3--Amid refugee crisis in Europe, NATO powers prepare war escalation in Syria
By Alex Lantier
8 September 2015
Even as hundreds of thousands of refugees stream into Europe from the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans, the NATO powers are preparing to escalate the war in Syria, which has already driven millions to flee their homes. On Monday, Paris and London both announced plans to step up the bombing of Syria, with French President François Hollande calling for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad....


The main responsibility for the current refugee crisis, the greatest since the end of World War II, lies not with Assad, but with the criminal foreign policy of the NATO powers. They have not only financed and armed Sunni Islamist militias in a proxy war to install a puppet regime in Syria, but have pursued other wars around the world that forced tens of millions to flee their homes. The refugees arriving in Europe are drawn from millions of Syrians, Iraqis, Ukrainians, Afghans and Pakistanis fleeing bloodshed and social collapse resulting from these neocolonial wars....


At his press conference, Hollande dangled a quid-pro-quo in front of Putin. He proposed that Moscow accept not only the ouster of Assad, but also autonomy accords specifying that eastern Ukrainian separatists backed by Russia accept the authority of the pro-NATO regime in Kiev that was installed in the February 2014 coup. In exchange, he said that France could support the lifting of international financial sanctions imposed on Russia in the context of the Ukraine crisis....


The only substantial domestic initiative Hollande discussed was a reactionary attack on the Labor Code. His proposal would allow employers to negotiate company-level or industry-level agreements with union officials violating terms of the Labor Code and national legislation. This would create the conditions for a virtual bosses’ dictatorship. Any firm could evade the Labor Code and change working hours and conditions at will, as long as it could obtain the agreement of a few union bureaucrats.


4--Union sellouts promote Democratic wage-cutters

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